The One-Hour Choir

Lately I’ve been reading in church newsletters about the One-Hour Choir. The latest version of this was announced for Sunday, April 22, in the newsletter of the Unitarian Church in Lincoln, NE. It sounds like a lot of fun!

What happens is this: singers of all ages show up at 9:00 on Sunday morning, ready to sing. Ability to read music is not required. The assembled group learns a song or two, takes a short break, and performs a piece at the 10:00 service. How simple is that!?!

Each “one-hour choir” is just that — a one-time, no-other-rehearsal-necessary, singing experience. The selections are easily taught and easily learned. This would be perfect for people whose busy lives don’t allow for an ongoing commitment to choir.

Some of the songs in our hymnal supplement, Singing the Journey, would be perfect for this kind of group singing. They have simple melodies, with lots of repetition. “Come and Go with Me” and “Blue Boat Home” are good examples.

This might be a fun way to add more music to your Sunday services, as well as to engage people who ordinarily don’t participate. Once they find out how much fun it can be, they might join in more often. If you’d like more information, check with the Lincoln church.

PS – our District Annual conference was a wonderful weekend. You can read Laurel Hallman’s keynote address, find out about the award winners, and see photos at our Web site at 


2 Responses to “The One-Hour Choir”

  1. Phil on the Prairie Says:

    What a great idea! I love that it’s multigenerational, too.

  2. nheege Says:

    Yes, it sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

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